1983 Roland Garros 

Evert-Lloyd Clinches Title, Overcomes Fierce Challenge from Mandlikova in 1983 Roland Garros

Hana Mandlikova troubled Evert-Lloyd in the quarter-finals in 1983 Roland Garros, but was unable to prevent her from taking the title, while the thunderclap of the tournament was Martina Navratilova‘s surprise elimination by the young American Kathy Horvath.

Round 1 : Hana Mandlikova vs Emilse Longo in 1983 Roland Garros

Hana Mandlikova Narrowly Escapes Early Exit at Roland Garros

As is often the case when she starts a Grand Slam tournament, Hana Mandlikova has problems getting started. While she often gets off to a good start, she sometimes breaks down, as she did recently at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

And this time, at the Roland Garros stadium where she won the title 2 years ago, Hana came within a few points of defeat.

The young Emilse Longo is not a formidable opponent on paper, but it’s precisely against this category of players, considered to be far less good than they are, that Hana tends to let herself be dragged down in ways unworthy of her status.

Experience eventually paid off, however, and Hana shook off her nonchalance to win the second set in a tiebreak, before going on to win the third.

A catastrophe narrowly avoided, it remains to be seen whether this warning will prove salutary for the rest of her tournament.

Round 2 : Hana Mandlikova vs Jenny Klitch in 1983 Roland Garros

Mandlikova Battles Past Jenny Klitch Despite Struggles with Consistency

Hana Mandlikova faced Jenny Klitch, a young American known for her baseline game, in her latest match. Mandlikova‘s ongoing struggle with consistency was evident as she committed numerous unforced errors. She narrowly won the first set and then more convincingly took the second. However, it was clear that her game was not yet at its best. Concerns remain about her chances of advancing to the second week if she continues to play at this level.

Round 3 : Hana Mandlikova vs Anne White in 1983 Roland Garros

Mandlikova Dominates White, Sets Sights on Navratilova and Evert-Lloyd

Hana was just flying on the court, and Anne White couldn’t do much. As she progresses through the tournament, Hana Mandlikova looks increasingly sharp, and ready to challenge the two big favourites, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert-Lloyd, for the title she so brilliantly won just two years ago.

Round of 16 : Hana Mandlikova vs Andrea Temesvari in 1983 Roland Garros

Mandlikova Defeats Temesvari, Sets Up High-Stakes Clash with Evert-Lloyd

In the next 48 hours, we’ll find out if the mercurial Hana Mandlikova is about to revive the career that once seemed destined to reach the pinnacle of world tennis. Mandlikova, 21, the Australian Open champion of 1980, has qualified to face Chris Evert Lloyd, the reigning Australian champion, in the quarter-finals of the French Open. Her recent performance suggests she could once again challenge Evert Lloyd, much like she did two years ago when she handed Lloyd one of her rare defeats on clay and went on to win the French Open title.

Today, Mandlikova decisively defeated Andrea Temesvari, the up-and-coming Hungarian who recently claimed the Italian title, with a score of 6-2, 6-1. After her triumph in 1981, Mandlikova suffered a crushing defeat by Evert Lloyd in the Wimbledon final, which shattered her confidence. Subsequent back troubles further compounded her difficulties. She has only managed to win one tournament in the past 22 months. Evert Lloyd, who views any loss on clay as an unforgivable error, has more than made up for her 1981 loss by defeating Mandlikova eight consecutive times, including twice on clay. However, given the way Mandlikova overpowered Temesvari with a blend of patience and aggression, Evert Lloyd will need to be at her very best to prevail again. Mandlikova believes she has overcome her erratic tendencies and has become a smarter player than she was two years ago.

“Then I was like a free bird, and I didn’t know about everything,” “I was just happy to be on the court. “Now I an trying to think a little bit more about my game. What I am going to do on the court and bring thee tactic with it.”

Of her rendezvous with Evert Lloyd, she added:

“I think I have pretty good chance to do well.”

For her part, Lloyd is not underestimating Mandlikova‘s unpredictable capacity to play flawless attacking tennis.

Unseeded Kathy Horvath pulled the biggest upset of the French Open — and the biggest of the season — with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 victory over top-seeded Navratilova, the defending champion and dominant player on the women’s tour for the past year and a half.

Quarterfinals : Hana Mandlikova vs Chris Evert-Lloyd in 1983 Roland Garros

Evert’s Tactical Mastery Secures Victory Over Mandlikova in Rematch

Evert gained revenge for her defeat by Mandlikova in the 1981 final. The two traded shots from their baselines, but Evert was more ready to vary the pace with drop shots, and in the end she was the steadier.The final set swayed back and forth with five of the first six games going against service. Evert came out of that leading 4-2; she then won two more long, fluctuating games to finish it. 

Chris Evert Hana Mandlikova 1983 Roland Garros

Mandlikova survived double break point in the seventh game to stay in contention, but Evert outlasted Mandlikova through the long rallies of the eighth and ninth games. “I don’t think I have yet reached my peak form in this tournament,” Evert said, “But I’m still hoping to. “Hana is a tough opponent on these courts. She made some terrible errors, but sometimes she hit brilliant winners.”

Semis and final : Chris Evert Lloyd’s triumph in 1983 Roland Garros

Andrea Jaeger in semis and veteran Mima Jausovec in final were no threat to the determination of Chris Evert Lloyd to regain the title in Paris



  • Paris, Fr. – May 23-June 5, 1983
  • $350,000 – Stade Roland Garros – Red Clay

singles : seeded #8

  • R1 : + Emilse Longo 4-6 7-6 6-1
  • R2 : + Jenny Klitch 7-5 6-3
  • R3 : + Anne White 6-0 6-1
  • R4 : + Andrea Temesvari(10) 6-2 6-1
  • QF : – Chris Evert-Lloyd(#2) 6-4 3-6 2-6

Virginia Ruzici (7)

  • R1 : + Ann Henricksson/ Jane Preyer 6-4 6-2
  • R2 : + Julie Fikoff/ Anne Minter 6-0 6-3
  • R3 : + Ann Kiyomura/ Paula Smith(9) 6-3 6-2
  • QF : – Kathy Jordan/ Anne Smith(2) 2-6 6-3 2-6